Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 4, March 2, 2012
   
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Hyde Collection Exhibits School of Architecture Student Conceptual Design
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The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls is featuring &rldquo;Building Futures: Re-Envisioning the Hyde at Rensselaer”—proposals for expanding the Hyde campus designed by Rensselaer Architecture faculty and students.
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Controlling Protein Function With Nanotechnology
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A new study led by nanotechnology and biotechnology experts at Rensselaer is providing important details on how proteins in our bodies interact with nanomaterials.

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Assistant Vice President for Advancement Named
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Joseph Medina has been appointed assistant vice president for advancement strategy, services, and infrastructure at Rensselaer.
Winter Carnival Fun Feb. 18
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The students and other members of the campus community enjoyed a day of activities Feb. 18 at the Northern Lights Winter Carnival, held at the East Campus Athletic Village.

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Tech Park Hosts FIRST Robotics Competition
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On Feb. 19, more than 10 teams representing local school districts took part in a public showcase for the FIRST Robotics competition held at the Rensselaer Technology Park.
Rensselaer Nuclear Safety Expert Briefs Congressional Staffers
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Nuclear safety expert Peter Caracappa, campus radiation officer at Rensselaer, recently visited Capitol Hill to brief congressional staffers on radiation and radioactivity.
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Nature Materials Study: Graphene “Invisible” to Water
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Researchers at Rensselaer and Rice University coated pieces of gold, copper, and silicon with a single layer of graphene, and then placed a drop of water on the coated surfaces. The layer of graphene proved to have virtually no impact on the manner in which water spreads on the surfaces.
EMPAC Presents
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  • Ryan + Trevor Oakes: The Periphery of Perception
    February 21 – May 31
  • Last Year at Marienbad Directed by Alain Resnais 
    February 23
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The Approach Blog: 3° with Ryan Gilbert
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An interview with Ryan Gilbert, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, who recently received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

Implantable, Wireless Sensors Share Secrets of Healing Tissues
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A new implantable sensor developed at Rensselaer can wirelessly transmit data from the site of a recent orthopedic surgery.
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Doctoral Student Awarded AAUW Dissertation Fellowship
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Doctoral student Rebecca Wachs has been awarded an American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship to support her research on lower back pain and the development of electronic sensors to monitor patients' response to orthopedic surgery.
focus: Exploring Engineering
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In celebration of National Engineers Week, the School of Engineering hosted its annual Exploring Engineering Day event on Saturday, Feb. 18. Racing robots, clever computing, radical radiation, material mysteries, logistical LEGOs, and fantastic water filters were just a few of the engineering activities.
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A Word From Human Resources
Working To Support Faculty, Staff, and Retirees
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Curtis Powell notes several stories about employee or retiree support from HR that help to underscore the value of the division.

Women's Basketball Player Takes a Break From Play To Help Others
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Basketball senior forward Hillary McKinley spent seven days in Honduras as a volunteer with the Global Medical Brigade.
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Working Together: Rensselaer Hosts Planning Session for Downtown Troy BID
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To further support the importance to Rensselaer of active partnership with the larger community, Rensselaer hosted a strategic planning session for the board of directors of the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District at the Heffner Alumni House.

Save the Date: Faculty-Staff Memorial Service March 28
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In the spirit of reflection and remembrance, the Pillars of Rensselaer invite the campus community to honor those colleagues and retirees who have died in the past year.
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Volume 6, Number 4, March 2, 2012
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